Commencement correspondence will be emailed to doctoral candidates who submit the Preliminary Approval of Dissertation and Request for Oral Defense form (D5) by the deadline. The Fall 2017 deadline is October 27, 2017. Students must check with their academic units and colleges for internal deadlines to ensure that the D5 is submitted to UGS in a timely manner.
Once the D5 is received, doctoral candidates will receive an email confirming whether the defense is approved or not. A second email will be sent to confirm pick-up of the dissertation draft after formatting review. Following this, candidates will receive an additional email containing details and steps needed for commencement participation.
It is critical to follow all important dates and deadlines (i.e. last day to RSVP, guest ticket purchasing) to ensure that doctoral commencement participation is completed accordingly. For Fall 2017, commencement information will be emailed to doctoral candidates who submit the D5 form by October 27, 2017.
For doctoral candidates who confirm commencement attendance, UGS will send invitations to the corresponding Major/Co-Major professors. Doctoral candidates who are unable to attend commencement may reach out to UGS to make arrangements to participate at a ceremony during a later term.
Only those doctoral candidates who submit the Final ETD Approval form and the final version of the ETD manuscript by the due date will be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.